Posts Tagged ‘PETER JESSERER SMITH’

What Did Pope Francis’ Prayer for Peace at the Vatican Accomplish?

By PETER JESSERER SMITH | BALTIMORE — More than two weeks has passed since Pope Francis’ historic prayer for peace at the Vatican gardens, where Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas came together at his in…

‘Fortnight for Freedom’ Issues a Call to Serve

By PETER JESSERER SMITH | BALTIMORE — The “Fortnight for Freedom” has launched into its third year in the United States. But the two weeks of the year dedicated by the U.S. bishops to religious liberty have made the greatest impact i…

Eve of Destruction for Iraq’s Christians?

By PETER JESSERER SMITH | BAGHDAD — With lightning speed, Islamist militants have seized swathes of northern Iraq, forcing hundreds of thousands to take flight and threatening the destruction of Iraq’s Christian remnant, as they drive on…

A Catholic Cathedral Rises Again in the South

By PETER JESSERER SMITH | RALEIGH, N.C. — Few could have imagined back in 1924 that the newborn Diocese of Raleigh would take root in the soil of North Carolina and become a Catholic powerhouse in the nation’s South.

Seventy yea…

Palestinian Christians: A New Generation Rises for Peace

By PETER JESSERER SMITH | JERUSALEM — Pope Francis came to Jerusalem with a message of peace and reconciliation as talks between Israeli and Palestinian officials teeter on the brink of collapse. But in this region, the future for peace between…

Cardinal Tackles Libertarian Individualism as Harmful to Solidarity

By PETER JESSERER SMITH | WASHINGTON — As a variety of forms of social and political libertarianism gain in popularity in the United States, Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, appeared at an event sponsored by Th…

Cardinal Maradiaga: ‘Pastoral Conversion’ Is Top Priority for Pope’s Family Synod

By PETER JESSERER SMITH | WASHINGTON — Speculation and expectation are building for the upcoming extraordinary synod of bishops that convenes this October to discuss the pastoral challenges to the family all over the world in the 21st century.

Pope and Patriarch Generate Hope for Unity in Jerusalem

By PETER JESSERER SMITH | JERUSALEM — The historic meeting between Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople in the Holy Land continues to make its effects felt throughout the Catholic and Orthodox worlds.

The public…

The Girl Who Greeted Pope Francis: ‘One Day, Peace Will Come’

By PETER JESSERER SMITH | JERUSALEM — Three children greeted Pope Francis in Jerusalem at the residence of Israel’s president on Monday, each speaking to him in Italian, Arabic and Hebrew. For one of those children, 12-year-old Mika Bachar…

Pope Francis and Israeli President Proclaim Their Witness to Peace

By PETER JESSERER SMITH | JERUSALEM — In a joint ceremony at the presidential residence in Jerusalem, both Pope Francis and Israeli President Shimon Peres proclaimed their dedication to bringing peace to the Middle East, particularly in Israel…

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